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How Long Should You Expect Whitening from Our Office to Last?
Posted on 9/15/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
We pride ourselves on creating long-lasting effects for those who want a bright, white, healthy-looking smile. As members of the General Dental Council, we provide a safe and effective whitening process for our patients. On average, our whitening procedure yields effects for about three years! However, everyone is different; every patient will have a distinct experience with whitening. Can Everyone Whiten Teeth? Patients with yellowish teeth will respond best to our procedure, while brownish, or grayish teeth, and teeth with significant purple-colored staining, may be more difficult to lighten. However, there are whitening options for everyone and coming to our office to discuss your options with our dentists is the first step to a bright, beautiful smile. How Can I Get the Most Out of Whitening? Up to 48 hours after the procedure, the surface of the teeth remains vulnerable to staining. It's important to stay away from anything that may stain the teeth during this period. After this period, it is important to continue to follow the advice given by our dentists. The effectiveness of our whitening will depend on your lifestyle, and oral hygiene regimen. Eating and drinking foods prone to staining teeth (tea, coffee, dark-colored wine), and smoking cigarettes, will have an effect on the longevity of our whitening procedure. While staying away from these substances is best for your teeth, we understand that everyone's lifestyle is different. Rinsing your mouth and/or brushing your teeth immediately after consuming tooth-staining substances will help maintain your bright smile. In addition to your biannual visits, you may want to come in for touch-ups or consultations. We can recommend the best toothpastes, mouthwashes, and oral hygiene regimen to keep your smile as white as possible, for as long as possible....
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Is Produce Able to Help You Floss if You Can't?
Posted on 8/25/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
There are simply times where flossing is not able to happen. Consider work lunches, flights, and going on a hike as simple examples. However, you do have options to keep your teeth clean and healthy. One option is eating some fresh produce to help keep your teeth clean. There are some stringy types of produce that can help get between your teeth to act similarly to flossing. If you can incorporate those as snacks, you can keep your teeth healthier until you can get to a place where you have the option to floss. What Types of Produce Are Best to Help You Floss? One of the best types of produce to chew on when you are not able to floss is celery. The stringy bits inside a stalk of celery can easily get between your teeth and clean out some of what is in there. It is not as good as flossing, but it is definitely a good option when flossing isn't an option. Another type of produce that is good to chew on to help you keep your teeth clean is leafy greens. These hydrating leaves have a lot of stringy bits inside them as well. The more you chew on them, the deeper between your teeth they can get. Just make sure when you are done eating them, you look in the mirror to ensure none are stuck between your teeth. Eating produce can do a lot when it comes to trying to keep your teeth healthy and clean. Make sure to include as many different options as you possibly can each day. Ideally, you want some produce that is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple on a daily basis. This gives you a great nutritional boost, plus it also helps to keep your teeth as healthy as possible between your visits to our office. Call us for more information....
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How to Make Good Oral Choices When Snacking
Posted on 8/15/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Everyone likes to have a little snack every now and then, but many of the most popular snacks aren't great for your teeth or gums. They include a lot of sugar, leading to cavities and other oral health issues. So, what can you do when you want something to snack on in between meals? Reach for one of these much healthier alternatives. Carrot Sticks Who doesn't love that great crunch when you bite into a fresh carrot stick? Carrots, along with vegetables such as celery, broccoli, and asparagus, can be really good foods to snack on because they're nutritious and don't cause damage to your teeth. You can even put them together in a small salad if you like. Another option is to add peanut butter to celery. Nuts Nuts are another good snack, although you may need to make certain you're eating unsalted nuts if you're supposed to be watching your sodium intake. Nuts contain a nice amount of protein, plus they're sugar-free. Non-fat Cheese Cheese, whether it's sliced, in cubes, or in sticks, is a tasty little snack you can have with pretty much anything else or eat on its own. There are so many different types of cheeses out there that you're sure to find one you like. You can even combine different cheeses along with salami and other meats to make a nice, cool lunch for those hot summer days when you don't want a heavy meal and certainly don't want to cook. Popcorn Popcorn without butter is actually a pretty good snack that isn't too bad, nutrition-wise. Just be careful that you don't eat it when you know you have cavities or have had oral surgery recently. You don't want to get kernels stuck in any of your teeth! If at all possible, choose air-popped popcorn that has nothing extra added to it. Want to learn more about healthy snacks? We'd love to discuss snacking with you the next time you visit our office....
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All Posts:

How Long Should You Expect Whitening from Our Office to Last?
9/15/2019
Is Produce Able to Help You Floss if You Can't?
8/25/2019
How to Make Good Oral Choices When Snacking
8/15/2019
Drinks You Should Avoid to Keep Your Oral Health Up
7/23/2019
Does Eating More Fiber Help Keep Your Oral Health in Good Standing?
7/13/2019
Mouthguards Can Help You Sleep if You Snore or Struggle to Breathe
6/25/2019
How You Develop More Cavities by Sleeping with Your Mouth Open
6/15/2019
When Is the Last Time You Brushed the Roof of Your Mouth?
5/25/2019
What White Bread Can Do to Damage Your Teeth
5/15/2019
It Is Important You Do Not Bleach Your Teeth Too Much
4/25/2019
Is Beet Sugar Any Safer for Your Teeth?
4/15/2019
TMJ Issues Can Leave You with Ringing Ears
3/30/2019
Times Where You Need to Consider Covering Cosmetic Dental Issues with Veneers
3/20/2019
Crowns Need Special Care or They Could Break
2/25/2019
Crooked Teeth Can Lead to Many Oral Health Problems
2/15/2019
Managing the Pain of a Dental Abscess
1/30/2019
Lowering How Much Sugar You Consume Can Help Improve Your Oral Health
1/20/2019
What Options Do You Have for Tooth Whitening Procedures?
12/30/2018
What Missing Teeth Do to Facial Aesthetics
12/20/2018
Battle Bad Breath with Foods You Eat
11/30/2018
As a General Dentist, We Can Help with a Wide Array of Dental Problems
11/20/2018
Signs Your Enamel is Starting to Get Weak
10/20/2018
Do You Really Need to Use a Tongue Scraper?
9/30/2018
Do You Need a Fluoride Supplement?
9/20/2018
What to Look for When Buying a New Toothbrush
8/30/2018
What to Eat to Quickly Freshen Your Breath
8/20/2018
The Importance of Good Oral Health if you Have a Blood Disorder
7/20/2018
How Does Tooth Loss Affect Seniors?
7/10/2018
Many People Do Not Have Their Oral Health Prioritized Properly
6/23/2018
How to Get Past the Fear of a Root Canal
6/13/2018
Does Warm Weather Actually Harm Your Mouth?
5/23/2018
Does Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste Really Help?
5/13/2018
Does It Hurt to Floss Too Much?
4/20/2018
Dangers of Brushing Your Teeth Too Often
4/10/2018
Times Where Gingival Contouring Could Improve Your Oral Health
10/30/2010

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